The controversy surrounding the upcoming JTBC K-Drama Snowdrop has prompted the creation of a formal petition.
The petition asks for the drama’s production and airing to be halted due to its historical distortion, similar to why Joseon Exorcist was canceled after only two episodes and 80 percent of production had been completed filming.
“After the level of selfishness seen through the drama ‘Joseon Exorcist’, it looks like another one is about to come out.
Despite proving many times that there was no North Korean involvement in the democratization movement, this drama has made a spy the main character. Aside from that, other figures under the name of the government, tortured and killed while trying to beautify the Ministry of National Safety and Planning (currently NIS).
It seems like they are ignoring it by saying that it is just the setting for the drama, but the setting itself is insulting the current victims and outright showing political pressure in the drama.
Freedom does not mean that you live your own way. There’s no fool that would accept having people allowed to kill people in their own way. We have to stop all filming for this drama and erase all filming thus far as it insults the foundation of our country. We ask for all your support.”The Blue House
The petition criticizes the media’s portrayal of South Korea’s democratization and the role of North Korean spies.
After parts of the plot were leaked online, Snowdrop, which was set to be released in the second half of 2021, was panned. JTBC issued an official statement via Twitter, addressing the concerns, after receiving a lot of backlash. The “allegations surrounding ‘Snowdrop’ are not aligned with the production’s plans,” they said again.
After the Chinese claimed staples of Korean culture (such as kimchi and hanbok) as Chinese-origin, historical K-Dramas have become a highly controversial and heated topic among Korean society. The SBS K-drama Joseon Exorcist was the most recent production to face backlash, with the drama being cancelled entirely.